Publications

Budget Analysis 2015

Overview and context Budget 2015 sticks closely to the federal government’s seven-year script of spending cuts, restrained investment and tax measures largely benefiting wealthy Canadians. The 2015 budget has been advertised as the return to balance afte… Read More

The Minimum Wage in Canada

The benefits of paying people decent wages are abundantly clear. Just as the Union Advantage puts extra money into workers pockets to spend locally, higher minimum wages increase the demand for local goods and services. Unfortunately, in many provinces, mi… Read More

Labour Mobility in Canada: Issues and Policy Recommendations

Executive Summary Labour mobility refers to the free movement of workers between provinces, regions, or countries. When labour mobility between two jurisdictions is high, a worker in one can easily cross the border to deliver services in the other. High la… Read More

CLC President renews call for public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of the 3.3 million members of the Canadian Labour Congress, I write to you today … Read More

CLC pushes for worker's rights in Bangladesh

Recently, the CLC wrote to Foreign Minister John Baird, asking him to press the government of Bangladesh to comply with its commitments to respect labour rights and to ensure the safety of garment factories.  A new framework for action called the "Sustain… Read More

Together We've Got PRIDE

For more than 30 years Canada's unions have stood up for the LGBTQ community We’ve been there at work, in the courts, and in the streets to defend the rights of our members, their partners and their families.   We’ve been there to protest inju… Read More

Underemployment is Canada's Real Labour Market Challenge

A Profile of Canada's Labour Market Introduction Each month, Statistics Canada releases its unemployment rate, and many use it to talk about job creation in Canada. Monthly unemployment rates move up and down, making headlines but revealing little. As wor… Read More

Federal Budget – 2014 What’s in it for us?

Federal Budget 2014 Analysis What’s in it for us Introduction The 2014 Federal Budget lacks any vision about how to stop growing inequality and stimulate the economy. The Conservative plan continues to focus on austerity measures to balance their bud… Read More

What did Corporate Tax Cuts Deliver? A Background Report for Corporate Tax Freedom Day 2014

It has become the norm to believe that cutting corporate income taxes is good for the economy. We have been led to believe that cutting corporate income taxes to increase after-tax corporate profits would lead companies to re-invest in operations like resea… Read More

Response to the Proposed Regulatory Changes Amending the Immigration and Refugee Act as it Relates to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Introductory comments Download the full report here. June 2013 Original Document. Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is seriously broken. The proposed regulatory changes do not go far enough to address the TFWP shortcomings. The programs … Read More